Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Another day, another data breach"

Managed care company Health Net has lost the health, personal, and financial data for 446,000 Connecticut residents, and the state AG’s office is investigating.

The AG is also investigating why Health Net waited six months to inform consumers and the state, “an inexcusable and inexplicable delay, ” Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in a statement. “Another day, another data breach… ,” he added. “Casual and cavalier attitudes toward data protection and breaches are intolerable and must stop.”

The data – which was not encrypted - was on a hard drive that disappeared from Health Net’s office.

Time to invest in some encryption software, if you haven’t already, to protect your patients’ health and financial data. Here’s some information on how to secure data on laptops and the large databases in your office.

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